Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Supergirl

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I will admit that while I have been impressed by the sculpting and price point on the New 52 ArtFX+ line by Kotobukiya, none of the characters in it so far have piqued my interest enough for me to go “oh god I need that!” Well, maybe Batman, but I already have quite a few figures of him.

But once Supergirl was announced, all bets were off. I greatly prefer her to her OP male counterpart, and I am among the very small group of people that actually like her New 52 outfit redesign. I just like the knee cutouts, so sue me!

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Like all of the ArtFX+, Supergirl comes in a small, compact box featuring mainly clear plastic so you can get a 360 view of the figure before you buy it.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Assembly is, of course, minimal. My first thought on seeing her out of the box was “she’s so shiny!” There’s rarely a lot of metallic finish on PVC girls, but of course superheroines are a whole ‘nother story. A shiny, delicious story.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kara is in your pretty basic “superhero standing around looking heroic” pose. One hand on her hip gives it kind of a feminine twist, but thankfully she’s not tarted up at all–though thankfully Supergirl hasn’t suffered from a ton of oversexualization, except at the hands of Ed Benes. I can never tell if these kind of poses are supposed to be pre-battle or post-battle. Maybe it’s more of a “posing for a superhero ad campaign” thing?

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Her face has a definite comic vibe, and is well executed. Her expression is pretty much the opposite of what you’d find in the Bishoujo line: strong, determined, about to kick your ass. In fact, in many ways this is the antithesis of Bishoujo Supergirl–though there is a place in my heart for both.

Also, I would like to point out that there is glitter in her hair. Literal glitter, embedded in her hair. It’s kind of the best thing ever if you love glitter which I do so very much.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Supergirl’s body is sleek, muscular, and well-proportioned, fitting with the New 52 incarnation of her. I’ll just chalk her breasts being up so high on her chest to the fact that she’s an alien.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Her cape is totally preventing a butt shot, guys. I’m heartbroken. Now how will we know if she has a nice butt?! It’s a tragedy for the ages.

I do like that they went for an almost-matte finish for her cape, offsetting the WOW SUPER SHINY METALLIC finish of her costume.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

I do not get all the hate for the knee cutouts. I love them! And it makes sense. I mean, moving your knees around when they are covered in latex or whatever material superhero boots are made out of must be a pain. Fashionable, yet practical! And they’re well-rendered here, with no paint overlap or messy lines.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Supergirl

If you like Supergirl, this figure is probably for you. If you don’t like her, why are you reading this review?! Just kidding. But I think this shows overall the solid quality and value of this line: comic statues can get insanely expensive, and as a fan it can feel like you are getting boxed out of collecting. Thankfully, the ArtFX+ line is insanely cheap, but the quality is honestly far better than what you’d get from some other companies! (And I think we all know who I am talking about here *cough*figureswithmeltingearrings*cough*)

As usual, thanks to Stephen for taking these shots! At times like these we’re really blessed to be living in New York, since it’s the inspiration for pretty much all the big DC cities like Metropolis. Yeah you can argue that Gotham is Chicago till you’re blue in the face but NYC is literally called Gotham so what now?!

Purchase At: KotoUS | Big Bad Toystore

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]

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